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Russia withdraws key defense advisers support to Maduro, seen as major setback

Westlake Legal Group AP19144691250517 Russia withdraws key defense advisers support to Maduro, seen as major setback Thomas Grove The Wall Street Journal fox-news/world fnc/world fnc article 92076b64-bf96-53f8-9720-b4b2307ea87b

Russia has withdrawn key defense advisers from Venezuela, an embarrassment for President Nicolás Maduro as Moscow weighs the leader’s political and economic resilience against growing U.S. pressure.

Russian state defense contractor Rostec, which has trained Venezuelan troops and advised on securing arms contracts, has cut its staff in Venezuela to just a few dozen, from about 1,000 at the height of cooperation between Moscow and Caracas several years ago, said a person close to the Russian defense ministry.

The gradual pullout, which has escalated over the last several months, according to people familiar with the situation, is due to a lack of new contracts and the acceptance that Mr. Maduro’s regime no longer has the cash to continue to pay for other Rostec services associated with past contracts.

Russia has been among Maduro’s biggest international supporters, but the winding down of Rostec’s presence shows the limits of Russia’s reach in the South American country at a time when Moscow is facing economic difficulties—in part due to the impact of U.S. sanctions—at home. Venezuela has been one of Moscow’s largest customers in South America.

CANADA SUSPENDING OPERATIONS AT EMBASSY IN VENEZUELA

Rostec’s withdrawal of permanent and temporary employees is a major setback for Maduro, who has frequently touted assistance support from Russia and China as a sign that other global powers are willing to assist him in his bitter standoff against the U.S. Russian military support has been central to Mr. Maduro’s pledge to defend Venezuela from any foreign invasion.

His government’s inability to pay Rostec also reflects the economic calamity gripping the country. The Maduro government didn’t respond to a request for comment.

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Prosperity, repression mark China 30 years after Tiananmen

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Thirty years since the Tiananmen Square protests, China’s economy has catapulted up the world rankings, yet political repression is harsher than ever.

Hundreds of thousands of Muslims are held in re-education camps without charge, student activists face relentless harassment and leaders in the beleaguered dissident community have been locked up or simply vanished.

It’s a far cry from the hopes of the idealistic student demonstrators, and a level of control far beyond what many imagined possible, even after the army’s bloody crushing of the protests on the night of June 3-4, 1989.

Critics say the Tiananmen crackdown set the ruling Communist Party on its present course of ruthless suppression, summary incarceration and the frequent use of violence against opponents in the name of “stability maintenance.”

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Senior North Korea official thought imprisoned by Kim Jong Un pictured at concert with dictator

Westlake Legal Group AP19154065544865 Senior North Korea official thought imprisoned by Kim Jong Un pictured at concert with dictator Vandana Rambaran fox-news/world/conflicts/north-korea fox-news/person/kim-jong-un fox news fnc/world fnc article 2b4b14d2-9014-5619-acaf-3871f1df4b93

A senior North Korean official involved in denuclearization talks with the U.S. attended a concert with dictator Kim Jong Un, state media reported late Sunday, contradicting rumors that he was sentenced to hard labor as a result of the failed negotiations.

Kim Yong Chol, the North Korean counterpart to U.S. Secretary Mike Pompeo, was photographed sitting with Kim Jong Un, who was clapping at a musical performance by the wives of the Korean People’s Army officers, according to state media.

NORTH KOREA EXECUTES 5 OFFICIALS OVER FAILED KIM-TRUMP SUMMIT: SOUTH KOREAN MEDIA

A South Korean newspaper, Chosun Ilbo, reported last week that an anonymous source believed Kim Yong Chol, who has met with President Trump twice in Washington regarding the nuclear talks, was purged from the dictator’s inner circle of advisors because he failed to secure a deal in February that would force the U.S. to provide sanction relief to North Korea despite the isolated nation’s unwillingness to surrender their nuclear arsenal.

Kim Jong Un gave the U.S. until the end of the year to reach a compromise but has sought to ramp up pressure on Washington in the meantime with renewed missile launches and threats in recent months.

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The Chosun Ilbo also reported that senior envoy Kim Hyok Chol, who was involved in pre-summit discussions with U.S. officials, was executed by firing squad along with four other officials from the North’s Foreign Ministry for treason.

The report said Kim Jong Un ordered the execution after he believed the officials were “won over by the American imperialists to betray the supreme leader.”

Reports of these deaths could not be confirmed by Seoul’s spy service, according to the Associated Press.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Top North Korean official reappears days after purge report

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A senior North Korean official who had been reported as purged over the failed nuclear summit with Washington was shown in state media enjoying a concert alongside leader Kim Jong Un.

North Korean publications on Monday showed Kim Yong Chol sitting near a clapping Kim Jong Un and other top officials during a musical performance by the wives of Korean People’s Army officers.

Kim Yong Chol had been North Korea’s top nuclear negotiator and met with President Donald Trump at the White House while setting up Trump’s two summits with Kim Jong Un.

South Korean newspaper Chosun Ilbo last week cited an unnamed source to report that Kim Yong Chol was sentenced to hard labor following the collapse of the second summit in February.

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Legal document alleges EU migrant ‘crimes against humanity’

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More than 40,000 people have been intercepted in the Mediterranean and taken to detention camps and torture houses under a European migration policy that is responsible for crimes against humanity, according to a legal document Monday asking the International Criminal Court to take the case.

Citing public European Union documents, statements from the French president, the German chancellor and other top European Union officials, the document alleges that European Union officials are knowingly responsible for deaths at land and sea, and widespread rape and torture at the hands of a Libyan coast guard funded and trained at the expense of European taxpayers. It names no EU official but cites an ongoing ICC investigation into the fate of migrants in Libya.

“We leave it to the prosecutor, if he dares, if she dares, to go into the structures of power and to investigate at the heart of Brussels, of Paris, of Berlin and Rome and to see by searching in the archives of the meetings of the negotiations who was really behind the scenes trying to push for these policies that triggered the death of more than 14000 people,” said Juan Branco, a lawyer who co-wrote the report and shared it with The Associated Press.

The first crime, according to the document, was the decision to end the Mare Nostrum rescue operation near the close of 2014. In one year, the operation rescued 150,810 migrants in the Mediterranean as hundreds of thousands crossed the sea. The operation cost more than 9 million euros a month, nearly all paid for by Italy. It was replaced by an operation named Triton, financed by all 28 EU nations at a fraction of the cost. But unlike the earlier operation, Triton ships didn’t patrol directly off the Libyan coast, the origin of most of the flimsy boats that were taking off for Europe.

Deaths in the Mediterranean soared. In 2014, around 3,200 migrants died in the sea. The following year, it rose to over 4,000, and in 2016 peaked at over 5,100 deaths and disappearances, according to figures from the International Organization for Migration.

“The objective of this new policy was to sacrifice the lives of many in order to impact the behavior of more,” according to the complaint. “It also failed. Crossings did not decrease as predicted, because the risk had little deterrent effect on those who have little to lose to begin with.”

It was at that point that EU countries turned to the Libyan coast guard, sending money and boats and a degree of training to units of the loosely organized force linked to various factions of Libya’s militias. For Alpha Kaba, a Guinean who was detained in conditions that amounted to slavery in Libya before ultimately making the crossing in 2016, that decision is a travesty.

Kaba was rescued by a ship operated by humanitarian organizations. Those are all but gone now from the Mediterranean, after coastal countries repeatedly refused to allow them to dock with migrants on board. And in the past two years migration has considerably to Europe. The total for the first four months of 2019 was around 24,200 for irregular migration, 27% lower than a year ago, according to Frontex, the EU’s border agency.

“Yes, there’s no more migration, but where are all those young people that they picked up. They’re in the prisons. They’re in Libya and in prisons, and they’re being tortured over there. If they aren’t allowed in Europe, then let them go back to their countries quickly and under good conditions,” said Kaba, who has asylum in France. “There are no more entrances or exits.”

The EU has repeatedly acknowledged that the treatment of migrants in Libya is of great concern, although it has declined to waiver in its support for the Libyan coast guard.

The ICC is a court of last resort that handles cases of war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide when other countries are unwilling or unable to prosecute.

Libya’s role in the migrant crisis is already on the radar of the court’s chief prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda. In a statement to the Security Council in May 2017, she said that her investigators were collecting and analyzing “information relating to serious and widespread crimes allegedly committed against migrants attempting to transit through Libya.”

She told the council: “I am deeply alarmed by reports that thousands of vulnerable migrants, including women and children, are being held in detention centers across Libya in often inhumane conditions. Crimes, including killings, rapes and torture, are alleged to be commonplace.”

The court also already has an ongoing investigation in Libya, ordered by the U.N. Security Council during the bloody campaign by late dictator Moammar Gadhafi against popular protests in 2011 that ultimately toppled his regime and led to his death.

The court receives many similar requests every year for formal investigations into war crimes and crimes against humanity, and it’s up to the prosecutor to decide whether to investigate and ultimately bring a case.

“The more detailed the communication the more likely the prosecutor will take it seriously,” said Dov Jacobs, a defense lawyer at the ICC who is not connected to the 243-page request.

Branco said he believed the detail in the report would leave it little choice.

“They pretended that this was a tragedy that nothing could be done against it that they had no role in it,” he said. “And we demonstrate very carefully that, on the contrary, they triggered this so-called tragedy.”

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Masha Macpherson in Paris and Mike Corder in The Hague contributed.

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Canada suspending operations at embassy in Venezuela

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Canada is suspending operations at its embassy in Venezuela.

Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said in a statement Sunday that Venezuelan President Nicholas Maduro’s regime “has taken steps to limit the ability of foreign embassies to function in Venezuela” and at end of the month “Canadian diplomats in Venezuela will no longer be in a position to obtain diplomatic accreditation” as their visas will expire. She says they have no choice but to temporarily suspend operations immediately.

Freeland says Canada will continue to speak out against the Maduro regime.

Canada belongs to the Lima Group, which is made up of nearly a dozen Latin American nations and Canada. It has led the push to recognize opposition lawmaker Juan Guaidó as Venezuela’s rightful leader and seeks ways to remove Maduro.

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YouTube star who gave toothpaste-filled Oreo to homeless man gets 15-month jail sentence

A Spanish YouTube star who pranked a homeless man by filling an Oreo cookie with toothpaste was sentenced on Friday to 15 months in prison and now owes $22,300 to his victim, The New York Times reported Sunday.

A Barcelona judge also ordered that Kanguhua Ren’s YouTube and other social media accounts be shut down for five years. The 20-year-old Ren, who goes by ReSet on the video-sharing website, was born in China but has lived in Barcelona for most of his life. He is unlikely to serve any jail time because Spanish law typically waives prison sentences for first-time offenders who commit non-violent crimes.

YOUTUBE STAR FACES PRISON TIME AFTER FEEDING HOMELESS MAN OREO WITH TOOTHPASTE AS CRUEL PRANK

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Kanguhua Ren, former YouTube star, was sentenced on Friday to 15-months in prison, owes $22,300 to his victim, and is banned from the channel and all other social media platforms for 5 years after pranking a homeless man with an Oreo cookie filled with toothpaste. (YouTube) (YouTube)

Ren posted a since-deleted video to his YouTube channel in January 2017 in which he is seen filling Oreo cookies with toothpaste and repackaging them as a prank to impress his 1.2 million followers. The prank took a turn for the worse when he handed the cookie, along with 20 euros, to a homeless man identified as Gheorge L., who proceeded to eat them and vomit afterward.

In the video, Ren can be heard contemplating whether he has gone too far with the prank.

“But look at the positive side; this will help him clean his teeth,” he said. “I think he hasn’t cleaned them since he became poor.”

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The Barcelona court didn’t see the humor and found Ren guilty of violating the moral integrity of the homeless man.

Gheorge L., a native of Romania who fled his country to escape the Communist dictatorship and was later hospitalized in a mental institution said he had “never been treated so poorly while living on the street,” according to a report by the El Pais newspaper.

After the video received negative feedback from his followers, Ren attempted to make amends by filming a subsequent video where he visits the homeless man again and offers him 20 more euros. Ren made a third visit after that, offering the man’s daughter 300 euros to prevent her from filing a lawsuit, according to Spanish police.

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The YouTuber raked in $2,475 from advertisers for the Oreo prank videos alone, a fact that judge Rosa Aragonés said showed “this was not an isolated act,” as he has posted other videos displaying “cruel behaviors” towards “easy or vulnerable victims,” in the past.

Ren defended his videos to the court saying “I do things to mount a show: People like what is morbid.”

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Missing climbers in Himalayas, including 2 Americans, face ‘bleak’ chance of survival, official says

A group of eight climbers — including two Americans — has gone missing while attempting to scale India’s second-highest mountain, sparking a massive search as one official disclosed Sunday they are unlikely to be found amid reports of a “sizable avalanche.”

The group, led by British climber Martin Morgan, began its ascent on May 13 up to a previously unclimbed peak on Nanda Devi East at 21,250 feet, according to Moran Mountain, Moran’s Scotland-based company. The team was made up of four Britons, two Americans, an Australian and an Indian liaison officer.

After the team did not return to their base camp on Friday, authorities began a search Saturday that included an Indian Air Force helicopter that was able to trace the climbers “last-known location and footmarks,” Vijay Kumar Jogdande, a civil administrator in northern India’s Uttarakhand state, told Reuters.

“Chances of survival are bleak,” he said Sunday.

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Jogdande told Reuters that the first helicopter mission of the day spotted tents but no signs of people, adding that there had been an avalanche in the area that may have caught the climbers.

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The group of climbers pose for a picture before leaving for their expedition in Munsiyari town in the northern Himalayan state of Uttarakhand, India May 13, 2019. Eight of them did not return to a base camp on Friday. (Handout via REUTERS)

The rescue operation had to be called off Sunday due to bad weather but is expected to resume on Monday, using tips provided by the four team members who had stayed back at the second base camp and were brought down.

The route to the Nanda Devi peak begins from the Munsiyari area, about 80 miles from Pithoragarh. Mountaineers traverse on foot about 55 miles from Munsiyari to the Nanda Devi base camp.

Amit Chowdhary, a spokesman for the Indian Mountaineering Foundation, told the Associated Press the missing climbers had been in radio contact with the other four expedition team members led by Mark Thomas, also a British mountaineer.

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The group was attempting to summit an unclimbed peak on Nanda Devi East in India. (iStock)

Chowdhary said when the Thomas-led team was no longer receiving radio updates from the other expedition team, Thomas went to look for the missing climbers the next day. He told the AP he spoke with Thomas on Sunday after he and his three associates were brought down from the base camp.

“There was a trail of the climbers there and the trail ended in an avalanche. There was evidence of a very large avalanche,” Chowdhary said, citing Thomas.

Chowdhary said that as Thomas accompanied rescuers in the chopper, they were able to spot the trail, but not the missing climbers. “They could see from the helicopter footmarks of the team, but nothing else,” he said.

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The missing Americans have been identified as Anthony Sudekum and Ronald Beimel, according to Sky News.

Moran’s company wrote on its Facebook page on Sunday that it was working with authorities and the British Association of Mountain Guides to “gather information regarding the Nanda Devi East expedition team.”

The statement added the company was  “deeply saddened by the tragic events unfolding” on the mountain, and the last contact from the group was that “all was well” and a summit bid would be made from a camp at around 17,700 feet.

“It is not entirely clear what happened from this point onwards or indeed the timeline of events,” the statement read, in part. “We are pressing for the search area to be widened and continued until such time as firm evidence is found to ascertain the well-being or otherwise of all those in the climbing group.”

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Officials told Reuters the route that the group was known for being “dangerous and risky” and has a casualty rate that’s nearly five times higher than on Mount Everest.

“There have been multiple avalanches on the route,” Jogdande told the news agency, adding that rescuers would need at least three or four days of walking to get to the avalanche site.

Photos posted to Moran’s Facebook page the day before the start of the climb showed the group “starting their journey into the hills at Neem Kharoli Baba temple, Bhowali.”

The incident in India happened near the end of the climbing season in the Himalayas in which there have been several fatalities on Mount Everest.

Eleven people have died so far this year on Mount Everest — including nine in Nepal — likely due to altitude sickness, which is caused by low amounts of oxygen at high elevation and can lead to headaches, vomiting, shortness of breath and mental confusion. Nepal has issued permits to 381 people to climb Everest, which the government says is the greatest number ever.

Because of the altitude, climbers have just hours to reach the top before they are at risk of pulmonary edema, when the lungs fill with liquid causing respiratory failure. Mountaineers have described traffic jams caused by exhausted rookies in the “death zone,” the final phase of the ascent from Camp Four at 26,240 feet to the 29,035-foot peak.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Israel’s Netanyahu fires hawkish cabinet minister rivals

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has fired his education and justice ministers, days after parliament voted to hold new elections.

An official in Netanyahu’s office confirmed that Naftali Bennett and Ayelet Shaked, two hawkish former allies, were dismissed from the interim government. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to the media.

There was no explanation for Sunday’s firings.

Last week Israel’s parliament voted to hold early elections, less than two months after April’s polls, as Netanyahu failed to muster a governing coalition.

Shaked, the justice minister, and Bennett, the education minister, have not said if they are running in September’s election. Their New Right party failed to enter parliament in April, but they remained on the job pending formation of a new government.

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Algeria cancels July 4 presidential vote, rejects candidates

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Algeria’s Constitutional Council says there will be no presidential election on July 4 as planned in the North African country after the two candidates — both unknowns — were rejected.

The council said in a statement Sunday that it is now up to the interim president, Abdelkader Bensalah, to set a new date for the vote.

Only two candidates turned in their files by the May 25 deadline, but the Constitutional Council rejected them. It did not say why.

Presidential elections were ordered after ailing long-time leader Abdelaziz Bouteflika stepped down on April 2 under pressure from the public and the powerful army chief, ending two decades of rule.

Citizens have held weekly pro-democracy protests since Feb. 22 to press for a new era with new leadership that has no links to Bouteflika.

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